An Ancient Faith, Reaching a New Generation, Lived in Holy Community
Our Location: 7317 Glastonbury Road, Knoxville, TN | PH# 865-661-1418
We Are An “Ancient Faith” Community
We are an evangelical, sacramental and charismatic Christian church that believes the road to the future runs through the past. And this is what “Ancient Future” means: Our worship and spirituality are deeply rooted in classic Christianity: “Spirit-Word-Sacrament.” We are convinced that the faith and practice of the ancient Church will engage our culture more effectively and provide a way forward in time of almost unbelievable transition and change.
We Are Unique
So, first we want you to know that we’re not a traditional church, as most folks would try to define a 19th or 20th century church. We have little interest in institutional survival or the traditional ways of measuring success such as people in pews, large buildings or huge financial budget. If you are looking for a church with “traditional” or “contemporary” worship, or if you’re a seeker after modern church programs, our community is probably not for you. We are not a denominational church; we are a pre-denominational church. We are evangelical and orthodox seeking to reach back to the ACTS 2 church birthed at “Pentecost.”
We are Common and yet Diverse Community
We draw from many Christian denominations and backgrounds who are seeking to find that one church that incorporates all the components of holy worship: sound biblical preaching and teaching, prayer, healing, holy communion weekly, experiencing the gifts of the spirit, confession, baptism and worship that draws men and women into a relationship with Jesus Christ.
This parish is made up of some fascinating people from Knoxville and many other parts of the country and world. If you find it hard to fit in – in Knoxville, we’re the place you can call “Home.” When I arrived in Knoxville, it took me 3 years to connect to a church. Why? Because I was not a local guy, I was and still am an outsider. So, this is why I am here at Emmaus Abbey. They reach out to those “not connected” to a community of faith.
You’ll surely find other good churches nearer to your home–maybe even ones that are a better fit for you–but you won’t find a copy of Emmaus Abbey. Who we are and what we do – is delightfully uncommon.
We’re a “Sunday 10:30AM Church”
If you are like me, I sometimes struggle getting up in the morning. My work week at times is stressful. Traditionally, Sunday has always been the big day for worship. So we meet mid-morning to allow folks time to relax in the afternoon with the family. The pull to create midweek meetings is becoming more traditional these days so Emmaus Abbey is toying with conducting a midweek or Friday 6pm service. Call us if this interests you and your family. So we’ve learned how to be an effective “Sunday church.” All the components of parish life are accessible by attending on Sundays.
For Emmaus Abbey we incorporate, adjust and accommodate a variety of worship and teaching opportunities on Sunday’s. We may provide a pot-luck after the service, have a live concert, play games, watch a film, work through new member courses, and more–not to mention standard Sunday elements like studying Scripture, receiving communion, corporate prayer, and occasionally Baptism and Confirmation. All of this is woven into the fabric of Sundays together.
Emmaus Christian Counseling: A Pastoral Counseling Center
Our pastoral care and counseling ministry is known as Emmaus Christian Counseling. Dr. Travis has been a Christian for over 54 years and over 35 years of professional experience in counseling. He has extensive pastoral and clinical training in biblical and clinical theology and counseling credentials in areas: Individual, Couple, Emotional and Marriage & Family counseling. He served 24 years as active duty Army Chaplain with military training in Regional Medical Centers as: a senior clinician in the military chaplaincy and practiced as a clinical therapist on active duty as a Christian pastoral counselor. He served overseas and in US in several Army Medical Centers as a Behavioral Mental Health clinician and provided Chaplaincy and healthcare services to military men and women and their families. He has seen both sides of the fields of counseling. This uniquely qualifies Dr. Travis to provide the best Christian counseling services to individuals and families in Knoxville and surrounding communities.
Wednesday Healing Ministries 6:30pm
Rev Travis has pastored churches in U.S. and throughout Europe, Central America and Middle East seeing inner healing come to hundreds of people of many cultural backgrounds and ethnic groups. Emmaus Healing Ministries meets every first Wednesday of the month. We have many people from around the Knoxville area that come for prayer and healing. It doesn’t matter from what church you may attend. Many churches do not offer specific services for healing people with emotional and physical needs.
Starting in February of 2020, Emmaus Healing Ministries will begin training people in their churches on the process of “Inner Healing.” Keep in touch with us as we seek the Holy Spirits guidance in standing up this ministry within our church.
Serving God Beyond Sunday
Emmaus Abbey is engaged in community life well into the week and month. We make sure a full portion of parish life happens on Sunday, but, of course, being a “Sunday Church” isn’t a strict rule. We provide weekday counseling services, inner healing services, mission work and pastoral care to our member families and others as many call into our church for prayer. We are a Veteran Friendly Congregation and try to assist veterans in crisis and those in need of family counseling and support.
As we grow, we are trying new avenues of approaching ministry where our families are living. Our midweek fellowships are met by meeting in small home groups, gatherings, and studies as our individual & family schedules and proximities allow. Our goal is to have a vigorous reach beyond the doors of the Sunday church experience that provides our members the chance to connect with each other; as those relationships grow, people naturally carry their connection beyond Sundays.
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